The last book I bought was ‘Is Heathcliff A Murderer?’ by John Sutherland. I haven’t read it yet but I’m so excited to.
John Sutherland questions literary classics like Frankenstein, Oliver Twist, Emma, Wuthering Heights, Villette and Jane Eyre. I’m so interested to find out the answers to the questions John asks.
Is Heathcliff a murderer? To me, that’s a really interesting question. In some ways, I think so. In a physical sense, no. Seeing the opinions of someone else is for sure going to make me think about my own thoughts on the novels. I’ve read most of the novels John talks about in this book, so I’m ready to just dive in a have a read.
Because I haven’t read this book itself, I’ve found some reviews of it that I’d like to share with you:
‘A refreshingly different angle on the Greats. No “glossing over” any fault lines.
“It is literary criticism – but not as you know it, Jim!
VERY literal and good fun’
‘I love this series by author John Sutherland who explores the themes and characters of classic literature. So, is Heathcliff a murderer? The author offers plausible reasons why Heathcliff may have committed murder. Other puzzles in literature concern the characters of books by Jane Austen and George Elliott, to name just a few. It’s a book that you should own because, if you love literature, you will constantly reread this book’
These reviews make the book more appealing, so I can’t wait to read it! I know this isn’t the only book John Sutherland in this style, so I intend to read those too.
Have you read it? What did you think?
Thanks for reading!